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Bee pollen
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Hello everyone, I was looking for some fresh bee pollen for sale from the Rio Grande valley. Anyone have some for sale? If so please email or call/text 505-312-3225             …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wm. Epps Aug 17, 2012.

Mean Queen.
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I have one hive that I keep close to my home that is just full of mean nasty bees. If you get within 10 ' of them they start the dive bombing. They are good bees in every other other regard. But to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Louise Bradley Sep 6, 2010.


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At 7:35pm on February 3, 2011, Ed Costanza said…

Hi Patrick

I am catching this thread a little late on agressive bees, but I have recently joined Albq Beeks.  The question I have for you and all those experiencing agressive bees is: do you have your original queen from her supplier (was she marked?) or did your hive supercede your original queen?


Any time we order from a supplier we need to request a marked queen to make sure that when things change in a hive you can pinpoint the reason.  Many ordered queens are being superceded for one reason or another and very quickly.  The supplier could have sent you a good quality, gentle queen, but if she was balled (killed) by workers in the hive and they then went on to produce another queen from viable larva (less than 3 days old; 5-6 days from being layed as an egg) she could have mated with drones with agressive genes. 


So, my recommendation is to mark all queens and track them so you know the source of the changes in your hives.


Also, if your hive has swarmed this last season they will raise a new queen and the hive can then turn agressive. 


Regarding the Weavers in Navasota, TX, I believe they are artificially inseminated their queens so they should not have a problem with agression.  Now on the other hand if you are ordering package bees they could be shipping bees that are from any hive on their property that could show some agression until the offspring from your installed queen takes over, then the hive should turn gentle.


When you visit an agressive hive the guard bees at the entrance of the hive will remember all past activity and in the future will attack at the slightest provocation.  It takes several days for the guard bees to develop into foraging bees and are replaced by a new set of quard bees that have no memory of your previous visits.



At 8:54pm on April 5, 2010, chantal said…
Hi welcome, Patrick! Thanks for checking out this site.

Feel free to look around and jump right in with questions and discussions. And let me know if I can help with anything.

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